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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:849-53.

Improving patient comprehension and recall of discharge instructions by supplementing free texts with pictographs.

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  • 1Decision Systems Group,Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

Inpatient discharge instructions provide critical information for patients to manage their own care. These instructions are typically free-text and not easy for patients to understand and remember. In this pilot study, we developed a set of pictographs through a participatory design process and used them to enhance two mock-up discharge instructions. Tested on 13 healthy volunteers, the pictograph enhancement resulted in statistically significant better recall rates (p<0.001). This suggests that patient comprehension and recall of discharge instructions could be improved by supplementing free texts with pictographs.

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18999109
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PMCID:
PMC2656019
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